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Light kissing scenes, and some sexual dialogue.

There is a scene where a man and a woman start kissing passionately on a bed. It lasts for about thirty seconds. They start to take each other's clothes off. He runs his hand all the way up her leg. She is seen the next morning, presumably after having had sex, covered up by a sheet.

There is a scene near the beginning of the movie with a stripper. The girl is shown dancing and then takes off her bra(nothing is seen from the head down)

There is a short glimpse of a man looking at a porn book featuring fully naked women.


An elephant is stabbed when not doing what she's meant to do. This is very depressing and hard to watch.

Animal attacks are shown. Both people being attacked by animals and animals being beaten to the point of shedding blood.

Several dead and bloodied bodies are shown, although only one death is shown on-screen.

A man is whacked across the head by metal stick, killing him. Blood is shown trickling down his face, and his eyes are wide open.


Terms like 'arse' and 'bastard' used infrequently. 'goddamn' used twice


Alcohol use and smoking throughout. Some characters, one in particular, drink so heavily that they behave violently.

Heavy doses of whiskey are used to treat a badly beaten elephant. The man who is treating the animal is seen drinking it straight from the bottle.


A very emotional movie.

Scenes of animal cruelty may be too intense for younger viewers.

Rated PG-13 for moments of intense violence and sexual content

29/50 Should be fine with 13+

Rated PG-13 for moments of intense violence and sexual content
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Canada:PG (Ontario) / Finland:K-12/9 (2012 reform rating) / Germany:12 / Ireland:12A / Japan:G / Malaysia:U / Netherlands:16 / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:NC-16 / Singapore:PG (edited version) / South Korea:15 / Spain:12 / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / UK:12A / USA:PG-13 (certificate #46688)

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